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Media Against Hate

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Media Literacy Training 1: Developing counter-narratives

When? 3-4 April

Where? Vienna

Journalists, community media producers and NGO representatives will meet at the Presseclub Concordia in Vienna on April 3rd and 4th to exchange good practices on prevention of hate speech and discrimination, in particular against women journalists, refugees and migrants. The workshop is part of the international Media Literacy workshop series co-organised by COMMIT Community Medien Institut and CMFE Community Media Forum Europe within the Media Against Hate Campaign.

  • Mukti Jain Campion, trainer and producer from Culture Wise, will focus on inclusive approaches to storytelling through “Stories that connect, not divide”.
  • Tim Verheyden, trainer and former chief of storytelling at VRT News, will share his tips for storytelling building blocks that effectively circulate (alternative) narratives and connect with audiences.
  • Daniela Kraus, managing director of fjum_forum journalismus und medien wien, and Ingrid Brodnig, journalist and author, will discuss counterspeech and audience engagement, sharing strategies to strengthen community interaction in online forums whilst safeguarding hate-free discussion environments.

COMMIT/CMFE received over 45 enthusiastic applications for the workshop from journalists, community media producers and NGOs, and selected 25 international and 7 local participants, based on the criteria outlined in the call. The international participants are resident in Greece, Croatia, UK, Germany, Bulgaria, Rumania, Czech Republic, Belgium, Poland, Luxembourg, Portugal; their nationalities also include Syria, US, Italy, Spain. The local participants are based in Vienna/Linz and are from Austria, Bulgaria, Spain, Cameroon. There will be a total of 24 women and 8 men attending, aged between 19 and 63. We look forward to an intense 2 days of mutual learning and cooperation activities!

Three international media literacy workshops will take place in 2017 (in Austria, Poland and Germany), organised by CMFE and COMMIT. The workshops will target community media practitioners, journalists, journalism schools and trainers, media regulatory bodies/authorities, press councils, civil society organisations (in particular migrants’/women’s organisations) and have the following objectives:

  • Mutual learning and cooperation activities as instruments for sharing concrete best practices transferable to different legal contexts, that are likely to increase efficient prevention of discrimination/hate speech, in particular against women journalists, refugees and migrants.
  • Development of counter-narratives through multilingual programs / campaigns fighting stereotypes and populism, taking creative examples from a local/small-scale to a broader context.
  • Addressing national issues specific to Germany, Austria and Poland due to the increasing hostile environment and hate speech against refugees, migrants and women.
  • Collect material and good practices for the development of an online training module
  • Share / exchange the training contents with other media sectors, journalism schools, civil society orgs, discriminated communities and individuals in different geographical regions
  • Multiply / anchor workshops’ results specifically within the community media sector through advocacy and communication through CMFE’s network inviting members to address the topic of hate speech/discrimination in editorial guidelines, train-the-trainer activities, participatory structures and quality management processes

The project is financially supported by the European Commission (DG Justice and Consumers), by the Broadcasting Board of Governors (U.S) and the Media & Internet Division of the Council of Europe.

In cooperation with fjum_forum journalismus und medien wien.


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